Evan A. Jones, Professor of Music Theory and Coordinator of Music Theory and Composition, holds the Ph.D. in music theory and the D.M.A. in cello performance from the Eastman School of Music. Dr. Jones supervises freshman aural skills and teaches modal counterpoint, form and analysis, music since 1945, post-tonal aural skills, and atonal theory. He received the Florida State University Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2007, having previously won teaching prizes from both the Eastman School and the University of Rochester. He is a past winner of the Sproull Fellowship from the University of Rochester and a Doctoral Fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; he was also a co-recipient of the inaugural Alfred Mann Dissertation Prize from the Eastman School.
Dr. Jones has presented his research at numerous regional, national, and international conferences. His dissertation and related papers focus on pitch-class voice leading in chromatic music; other research interests include transformational theory, 20th-century rhythm and meter, and the interaction of analysis and performance. He has published articles on the music of Xenakis, Schubert, Quantz, and Orlando di Lasso in Perspectives of New Music, Computer Music Journal, the Journal of Schenkerian Studies, and Intégral, and in several edited collections of essays. Supported by a publication subvention grant from the Society for Music Theory, he edited and contributed to a collection of twenty essays entitled Intimate Voices: The Twentieth-Century String Quartet (Rochester, 2009), which was awarded the Society for Music Theory's Citation of Special Merit in 2010. He has also co-authored two textbooks on modal and tonal counterpoint (with Douglass Green) and an anthology of tonal music for sight singing and ear training (with Matthew Shaftel and Juan Chattah). From 1997–99 he served as co-editor of Intégral, a peer-reviewed journal of music theory; he now serves on that journal's editorial board. He was elected to the Executive Board of the Society for Music Theory in 2010.
An active cellist, Dr. Jones has given the world premières of solo works by Clifton Callender, Robert Morris, and Ciro Scotto, the North American premières of solo and chamber works by Iannis Xenakis, and the New York City premières of works by Dexter Morrill and Christopher Auerbach-Brown (in Merkin Hall and Weill Recital Hall, respectively). He has performed under the auspices of the Banff Centre for the Arts, Baroque Southeast, the College Music Society, Electronic Music Midwest, Music on the Lake, the Music Teachers National Association, Musique Royale, the Orford Arts Centre, the Scotia Festival of Music, the Society for Electroacoustic Music, the Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Arts, the Syracuse Society for New Music, and the Tallahassee Bach Parley, as well as on faculty recital programs at the Florida State University. He previously appeared as principal cellist of the Binghamton Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, and the Montreal Chamber Players, and currently serves as assistant principal cellist in the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra.